Meeting Report: Tigz Rice Gives a Masterclass in Lightroom

Tigz Rice gave a master class in Lightroom 5 at our April meeting.  It was a high-octane, high-speed, in-depth tour of Adobe’s photo editing and cataloguing application.

DSC_3975London based fashion, boudoir and burlesque photographer Tigz opened by asking us whether we wanted higher SEO ratings for our photography websites and blogs, telling us that the metadata that can be inserted into images using the facilities of Lightroom can do just that. Tigz usually shoots around 300 images in a normal 4-hour shoot and sets default metadata on import of the shoot into her Lightroom catalogue which takes seconds and ensures that all images from the shoot are identified with ownership, copyright and shoot identity details as a minimum.

Tigz explained her reasons for using RAW files for her work rather than jpeg, pointing out that the data contained in the three colour layers of a RAW file gives tremendous flexibility and range – typically allowing for instance 2 stops under or over exposure. The editing or processing of files in Lightroom are non-destructive with all required editing details recorded alongside the RAW file in a sidecar .xmp file.

Whilst taking us on a trip of the features displayed in the initial navigation of the Library module of Lightroom Tigz asked if we had heard of the new release of Lightroom which included Lightroom mobile. She went on to explain that during import from an external source images can be pre-processed to apply standard setting such as sharpness, lens corrections etc. thereby saving large amounts of time in processing. These changes could of course be reversed on any image where the batch processing was not appropriate.

“Do you flip your images?” asked Tigz and then went on to describe how she had increased her volume of sales of portraits by horizontally flipping the images so that the sitters saw the mirror image of themselves that they are used to seeing in their mirror. Tigz went on to caution that this does not work so well when there is any writing involved such as a tattoo or background writing.

“Optimise your catalogue” was a recommendation Tigz made. This is to improve performance within Lightroom and to save on the storage space required for the catalogue. This optimisation can be made automatic by reducing the setting of the minimum period for keeping previews.

Tigz continued her demonstration of features in the Develop module showing how for instance, in Lens Corrections, images can have their inherent lens and chromatic aberrations corrected automatically by use of the installed lens profile. Similarly verticals and horizontals can be corrected to remove converging verticals and sloping horizontals. Images can be cropped in Lightroom in the develop module as well as cloning and healing, applying gradients, radial filters and local adjustments.

Moving on to the Map module Tigz pointed out that Lightroom offers a world map that can used to refine and insert a GPS location into the metadata for an image, or batch of images. This GBS metadata can be accessed later in processed files. Finally Tigz showed how easy and versatile Lightroom makes the creation of a slideshow in the Slideshow module. This facility includes the ability to create a preview version of the slideshow in full HD 1080P video.

In conclusion Tigz told us that her workflow meant that she worked 95% of the time in Lightroom only doing around 5% of her finishing work in Photoshop.

Thank you Tigz, a comprehensive and enlightening masterclass in Lightroom!